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Ashford University
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Business Average Rating
Percent Employed 89% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $60,000 % Degree Helped Career 45%
Organizational Leadership Average Rating
Percent Employed 91% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $67,500 % Degree Helped Career 64%
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Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 86%

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It's just like any other school
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Degree: Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2011
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I attended Ashford University for 3 years and obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration. I was able to transfer in credits from a technical college. I found that the overall experience there was just like any other school. I have since attended Clemson University and North Greenville University on the graduate level. The financial aid department was ridiculous just like any other school and the work was challenging just like any other school. Prior to attending Ashford I sent the information on the school to several people I knew that work in local hospitals, several of which do the hiring. I was told from all of them that as long as the school is regionally accredited, they were fine with it. I can say that my degree gave me a raise at my job as well as got me into the MBA program at Clemson University. For this school to be a "joke" as some have stated, they sure have the US Board of Education, major schools like Clemson, and the business world fooled. If you have not found a job "because of your degree", you should probably look at what your degree is in or take a look at yourself because everyone else recognizes them as a legit university. Also, if many of you have not noticed, there are a lot of people with graduate degrees without jobs and most are likely more qualified than you. These people are putting in for the same jobs as you. Experience in the field also plays a major role in the hiring process. So keep that in mind. Their business program is also accredited by the IACSB. They are for-profit therefore they are charging more and more driven by money but, which school isn't? Have any of you actually looked at the ridiculous prices schools are charging all over the country? I can assure any one looking at this university that their work is no less than any other, including the work of Clemson University. I can make this statement from personal experience. Anyone who says they failed because of a "bad teacher" is full of it, they did not put in the work therefore they failed and are throwing a temper tantrum and blaming the teacher. I didn't fail a single class because I put in 6 hours or more a week and actually studied. I really think that you will get what you put in. If you half heartedly try, you will get half hearted results and that goes with any university. If you want a degree with no work, go to a diploma mill and buy yours. Like I said before, I would recommend this university however, I would also tell future students to look at other schools as well because there are a bunch out there that are online for way cheaper. If I could go back, I would probably try to go to a public school to try and save on the bill a little. This school is just like any other for-profit or public university in the country. They are all out to get as much money as possible and they all have a joke of a financial aid department. Don't believe all of the whiners on here. There are a lot of people who actually did what they are supposed and have had success with their degrees.

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Graduated Last Year and Still No Work
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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2013
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I graduated from Ashford in June of 2013. I still have no job because employers will not hire me with an online degree. One thing for certain is that I'm now in major debt after the con-job Ashford did on me. Never take classes at this university. They're in it for the profit only and absolutely do not care if you are employed once you graduate. Stay away from this joke of a university.

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Mackie - 26 days ago

Are you really placing blame on an online school because you can't find a job? I had no problems so look for a different excuse!

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Janet Eisenhauer - 4 days ago

What a vague response!!! Employers refuse to recognize the degree as credible so they won't hire. Guess you got lucky, but I'm sure you're one of the few. All of my classes were exactly the same in education. They just had different course titles. Same assignments/different topics. To add to the credibility issues are the continuous accreditation problems Ashford has along with continuously letting go very large numbers of employees. Anything for a profit. Bet the CEO of this business (I mean university) makes a bundle of cash though. This place is about nothing but profit and is nothing like a traditional university.

Prepared me for employment opportunities
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2011
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Ashford is a school like any other school: you get out of it what you put in. Professors will guide you, but will not hold your hand. So many negative reviews stem from the fact that people think that distance learning will be "easy". It is not. In fact, it is MORE work than a traditional classroom. You're fitting an entire semester into five or six weeks. You must have good time management. You will be given a syllabus, discussion boards, tests, and plenty and I mean plenty of papers. I completed my AA in Business in 2009, my Bachelor's in Organizational Management in 2011, and my Master's in Human Resources Management in 2012. I also minored in Political Science and Government. These degrees prepared me to sit for the Praxis II test in Business education which I passed with flying colors. Also, this degree served as a requirement to become a licensed school teacher (did not know this while in the program, so it was highly beneficial). Not only did I take many business classes, but also liberal arts and Social Studies. My education has vastly improved my life. While my degree does not apply to my current occupation, it does serve as a route towards employment in another sector. These degrees provide me with multiple employment opportunities. I am glad I did it!

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Dee - about 1 month ago

Thank you for your comment. I agree that you get out of it what you put into the online degree experience.

Not a free ride!!
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Graduation Year: 2016
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I have been at Ashford for a little over a year and a half now. I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do so I have changed my studies 3 times and now have settled into BA Health Education. As with all school, online and mortar, you have your good classes and bad classes. Your tough teachers and the cake walks. Nice thing about that is at the end of every course you get to rate your class, the material, and the teacher. I love that each course is 5 weeks, keeps it from getting boring. I have had several different administrators or I call them "my crew" that I have talked to a lot. I did have one lady that wasn't the greatest but it wasn't long before I had someone else. They are always changing them around. The financing is cut and dry. You go get government funding as soon as they get an approval letter your up and running. From the moment I said yes, signed up on the government site, it was two weeks till I started my class. You do have to follow their steps so a little back and forth, faxing and signing; nothing out of the ordinary. From what I have been reading on her the people having the biggest complaints are the ones looking for a free cake walk hand out. I have busted my butt, and this being the second college type school I've gone to, I feel I am actually learning something. This is a full time basis and you have to put in the work. The teachers that you can't make "happy" are there to challenge you so step up. They are real teachers at real colleges. One small problem I have is the degree choices. They halved them scenes I started. And I do wish I could get my bachelors of the science instead of art. This is a fantastic school, that you have to work. So sharpen your pencils and grab some paper, it's worth every minute. Good luck!

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Military friendly
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Graduation Year: 2014
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Very military friendly, I attended Ashford for just over 2 years to complete my BA degree. Emails and phone calls promptly returned, grades posted within 5 days after submission, usually 2-3 days. Military TA covered tuition 100%

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Stupid School/Advisors/Teachers
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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The worst student advisor ever = ELANA P. This she won't answer any of your emails. The courses you take online are a joke and they play good/bad cop in the teacher role. They will strip you of your money by giving a "'bad" teacher who is hard to please and force you to a failing grade making the university more money. Nothing but greedy people who don't care.

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Jen - 12 days ago

I completely agree with you! In 2 years time I have had 6 different advisors and this last one, James F. Has been horrid and has steered me so wrong with my financial aid packaging. 8 days til in am supposed to graduate and they are threatening me with pulling me out of class and not allowing me to graduate unless I pay what they say I owe. They received a crossover Pell which I never received and they say they cancelled part of my financial aid even though I have not utilized all of my aid, and it does not reflect it on my disbursements they received through my award letters. They are ripping people off big time.

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Janet - 4 days ago

Couldn't agree with you both more. Ashford sucks!!!! It's all about the money they make and nothing more. About a year or so ago, I read an article from San Diego where they asked 300 advisors/recruiters to come into work early. These people obeyed that low-life, greedy employer and showed up for work earlier. They were all lead into a room where they were shown a presentation that basically told them they had all lost their jobs and then escorted to their offices to remove any personal belongings and then escorted out of the building. Many of them were crying. The powers that be at Ashford could have cared less what they did to these people and their families over the loss of their jobs. But rest assured that the CEO still makes a massive amount of money.

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They took $14,000.00 from me in a student loan and I only was allowed to take 2 classes. They drop me from the program and kept the money, please future recent students make sure you understand about those student loans that they keep pushing you to get because now I owe all the money to salie Mae and I don't have a degree to show for. I have contact Ashford university but they do not want to help me. Please learn from my mistake find a better university.

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Maki - 30 days ago

Am about to register but I feel am being kind of push into it. I dont want to owe lots of money and i have told them that... Their answer is: you must enroll first and then we'll let you know,... Am confused, I can only take an online degree so I need to make a good choice. Financial aid feels fishy....

Help Ashford University become AACSB certified.
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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http://www.change.org/petitions/ashford-university-we-want-ashford-university-to-apply-for-aacsb-accreditation-for-business-accounting?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides Please copy the link above to sign a petition to help Ashford become AACSB certified. My experience was good, but employers are looking for Business graduates that attended an AACSB program.

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Chamisha - 14 days ago

How do you know that employers are looking for people with Business degrees with AACSB program?

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Janet - 4 days ago

This place has been searching desperately for accreditations for years. Ask yourself why they have so many problems with accreditation? It never changes. Yes, accreditation is part of the process in higher education, but it shouldn't cause as many problems as it has caused for this place.

Great Experience! Early Childhood Ed. Admin.major
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Degree: Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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I want to say that I had a wonderful experience going to Ashford University, and attending online classes. My Academic Advisor was very helpful in pushing me to be a success. I've had experience going to school in person as well as online. I loved studying online the best! I was able to receive my BA in Early Childhood Ed.Admin because of Ashford. I plan on enrolling into the MA program, this school is great for people who are trying to work fulltime, and just don't have time for hard exams,lectures, getting to school on time, trying to beat traffic,etc. At Ashford I learned discipline, you just have to set aside a few hrs a day for study time, turn work in on time, read alot, and you will do great! My only problem was with financial aid, it was always confusing to calculating what my stypend check would be once books,tuition, and other fees were paid, I never understood why such a big secret??? Because all loans must be paid back from students, not them. But I finally got this problem addressed and straightened out, so overall my experience was great, and I love studying online versus going in person.

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Ashford is a horrible place!
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Degree: Medical Office Management/Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
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I would advise anyone and everyone not to go to Ashford online! It has been the worst experience of my life! I have been going to Ashford since February 2014 and I still have not gotten any funding for my classes! It has been an on going fit to get disbursement of my monies. I have been handled by several different advisors and tossed around. No one helped me with any of my forms to fill out for anything. I have been completely on my own through this whole process.

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Ashley H - about 1 month ago

I would have to recommend M.S. I began in March and have had no problems with my funding.I actually got a check back and they helped me to where I don't have to take out a loan this semester. I am truly sorry you had this experience, but I think you a better support system with the school.

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Kyle D - about 1 month ago

I would have to agree with previous person. I just recently graduated from Ashford, and I never had any issues with any of the representatives with the university. If you had such a horrible experience with your Academic Advisor, I would highly recommending reaching out to another advisor as they are all willing to help you. Even if you did not work out with your advisor, you can always request a new one after speaking with their manager, and things will get settled quickly.

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keana young - about 1 month ago

I am starting a petition against Ashford University. If you would like to be apart of this movement and/or know others who would like justice, please email me @keana_young@outlook.com

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